Always Events: University Of California, San Francisco

Organization/Institution: University of California San Francisco

Principal Investigator(s):
Carla Graf, RN, MS, PhD(c)

Project Title: Improving Patient and Family Centered Care  for Hospitalized Persons with Dementia

Always Event(s): The Always Event will be that patients with dementia and their families receive care that is targeted to the patient’s type and stage of dementia.

Overview: This initiative is designed to improve the care of hospitalized patients who have dementia. Our overall goals are to enhance patient and family-centered care by partnering with families to guide patient care, improving family knowledge and readiness regarding the hospital experience, and fostering continuity across the different sites of care. The Always Event will be that patients with dementia and their families receive care that is targeted to the patient’s type and stage of dementia and to their specific care needs. Implementation of a “Dementia Bundle” that facilitates continuity of care and safety for the hospitalized patient with dementia. Components of the Dementia Bundle include a targeted assessment upon admission with the patient’s family regarding personal care routines of the patient (communication, hygiene, nutrition, and day/night activities) that will be used to guide hospital care. Families will be provided an educational video that details aspects of the hospital experience and strategies for prevention of negative sequela. Families will also be provided an educational packet focused on hospital and post-hospital concerns.

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